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Following The Truth: Evangelize? Sorry, But Iím Catholic! (Catholic or Open)
CE.com ^ | June 18th, 2010 | Gary Zimak

Posted on 12/08/2011 8:52:59 AM PST by Salvation

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Gary Zimak is the founder of Following The Truth Ministries (http://www.followingthetruth.com), a lay apostolate created to assist Catholics in learning more about their Faith. He is a regular guest on EWTN Radio’s “Son Rise Morning Show”, Ave Maria Radio’s “Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo” and appears frequently on several other Catholic radio programs.  In addition to writing for CatholicLane. Mr. Zimak hosts a daily program on BlogTalkRadio and posts frequently on his blog, Facebook and Twitter.  He is a member of Catholics United For The Faith and the Knights of Columbus and resides in New Jersey.


1 posted on 12/08/2011 8:53:02 AM PST by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Contact and Invite — evangelization is just that easy. Try it during Advent.

Ping to all Catholics!


2 posted on 12/08/2011 8:55:21 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Matthew 28:19-20 (the great commission)

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

3 posted on 12/08/2011 9:01:51 AM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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To: Salvation

Thanks for the ping salvation! Keep up the good work!


4 posted on 12/08/2011 9:07:42 AM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

We all have that responsibility to evangelize.


5 posted on 12/08/2011 9:09:05 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

You could invite someone to go see this:

http://www.thegreatestmiraclemovie.com/new/


6 posted on 12/08/2011 9:09:21 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: Salvation

We’ll happily tell people of our pets, children, what we did over the weekend. All the ‘earthly’ non-spiritual stuff.

Yet the very thing that could save a loved one from hell, oh, wait, that’s a personal thing?

Rubbish.

Jesus, it is all about Him. He is the way, the ONLY way. Other than that, well, hell is not a good place.


7 posted on 12/08/2011 9:10:25 AM PST by RoadGumby (This is not where I belong, Take this world and give me Jesus.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy
Matthew 28:19-20 (the great commission) "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Many people believe that the Commission is only incumbent on clergy but all believers have a role to play. When you have a tangible stake in the success of an endeavor, you will work harder to see that success come about.

8 posted on 12/08/2011 9:11:19 AM PST by Tamar1973 ("Never care what the other guy has, it is not yours and someone always has more."--isthisnickcool)
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To: Tamar1973; Salvation
Many people believe that the Commission is only incumbent on clergy but all believers have a role to play. When you have a tangible stake in the success of an endeavor, you will work harder to see that success come about.

Yes. And sometimes all we need to do is spread the word of God. According to the verses below He will do the rest.

Isaiah 55:10-12

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
So is My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."

9 posted on 12/08/2011 9:29:22 AM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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To: Salvation

The key is the approach.

First, you must be an informed Catholic and know the Biblical references for the teachings of the Church.
Anti-Catholics have spent the last 150 years inventing lies and misinterpretations of Catholic beliefs and practices.
So, study Catholic Apologetics and keep studying.

Second, it is most effective to be aware of opportunities to “evangelize”, rather than intruding on strangers, who have no interest in your zeal.

If you’re informed, you can gently correct misstatements, by those critical of Catholicism.


10 posted on 12/08/2011 9:31:29 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: surroundedbyblue

Thank you. That was great, and I believe I may use that.


11 posted on 12/08/2011 9:32:32 AM PST by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Salvation
There is a belief among many Catholics that our relationship with God is a highly personal matter and that “we shouldn’t impose our religious beliefs on others”.

Say what? Did you miss the Crusades?

12 posted on 12/08/2011 9:42:16 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Salvation

Ping!


13 posted on 12/08/2011 10:00:20 AM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Salvation
Wasn't it St. Francis of Assisi who said that we should always preach the Gospel and, when necessary, use words?
Soup kitchens, hospital visits, with or without doggie pal for patients, St. Vincent de Paul, gifts for the myriad of Church sponsored charities (e.g. homeless, unwed mothers and battered women shelters, sandwich Sundays, food banks), visiting the imprisoned (men, women and children prisoners).. and so on.

Walking the walk means more than talking the talk. st.cloudmountainwannabe:o)

14 posted on 12/08/2011 10:14:36 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Salvation

Donate to Relavent Radio “The New Evangelization”. Great Catholic Radio — news, homilies, advice, etc., etc. Always good listening. Not available everywhere in this country, but it is growing.


15 posted on 12/08/2011 10:18:04 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Phlap

>>Say what? Did you miss the Crusades? <<

I don’t think that anyone in the Crusades is alive today.
Come with us into this century.

(there, I’ve evangelized)


16 posted on 12/08/2011 12:16:04 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: cloudmountain

Your Post is Brilliant!!!! Thank you.

Show that you are a good Christian. Follow up by displaying that you are Catholic.

Pushing your flavor of faith can push people away. Showing them how you love them is the best evangelizing anyone can do.


17 posted on 12/08/2011 12:35:34 PM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: RoadGumby

**We’ll happily tell people of our pets, children, what we did over the weekend.**

When people have wished “Have a good day” to me, I have been known to say, I will have a good day — I’m going to church at St. ————————.

They sort of look at me funny, but God cares, and I don’t really mind their weird looks. If they say anything in response, then I invite them to join me for Mass.


18 posted on 12/08/2011 3:49:02 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: G Larry

Great advice!


19 posted on 12/08/2011 3:50:37 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: netmilsmom

I have news for you, authentic faith is going to push some people away, anyway. And many of the damned will be perfectly content to let you expend all your limited resources on themselves without ever feeling the first “twinge.”

Here is a thought to ponder for Pollyanna Christianity....if the Church thrives on persecution, why isn’t the entire Middle East still Christian?


20 posted on 12/08/2011 4:10:24 PM PST by papertyger (What has islam ever accomplished that treacherous, opportunistic, brutality couldn't do on its own?)
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